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Drone attack kills six in North Waziristan

Published Aug 18, 2012 08:00am


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A US drone flying overhead at a forward operating base near Kandahar. — Photo by AFP/File

MIRAMSHAH: A US drone attack Saturday killed at least six militants in the North Waziristan tribal region as local people celebrated Eidul Fitr, security officials said.

The drone fired two missiles on a compound in Shuwedar village in Shawal district of the troubled North Waziristan region, considered a stronghold of Taliban and Al Qaeda linked militants.

“US drones fired two missiles into a militant compound. Six bodies have been recovered from the compound so far,” a security official told AFP.

Residents and local intelligence officials confirmed the attack and the casualties. The missiles also destroyed a car parked at the compound, they said.

The attack came as people were celebrating the festival of Eidul Fitr, they said.

It was not immediately clear if the missiles targeted any senior militant leader.

Attacks by unmanned American aircraft are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, which says they violate its sovereignty and fan anti-US sentiment, but US officials are said to believe the attacks are too important to give up.

Washington regards Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt as the main hub of Taliban and Al Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.


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Comments (12) Closed

Abdullah Hussain Aug 18, 2012 02:56pm
On the one hand they talk of peaceful negotiations & on the other they kill their innocent women, children & elders. What type of strategy are we looking at.. It is a famous saying "Terror too to wounded you do"
iykhan125 Aug 18, 2012 03:08pm
Why are we even talking about Eid celebration when everyday people are being killed..... Last week itself, Shias were brutally murdered by "Islamic" extremest. Just south of that area, a whole military base was attacked by "Islamic" extremest. In other parts pf Pakistan there have been killings either target or group. In order to stop this mess, we have to dig deeper into the issue by our administration, understand their motives and come up with a peaceful solution. I know it is easier said than done but we have to keep insisting the peaceful solution. It comes back to Zardari's administration to do something about it quickly or let someone else take care of it.......
Job Aug 18, 2012 02:20pm
" A US drone attack Saturday killed at least six militants" Do you have proof that the dead are in fact militants? "Security officials said." This is your evidence? Poor journalism indeed.
Jafri Aug 18, 2012 11:36am
how can they be so sure that six bodies recovered were militants ... ? and if not then surely Allah is enough to take revenge IA
Sam Aug 18, 2012 11:26am
We are taking money from America on the name of AID.There is a price to pay for everything.
Abdullah Hussain Aug 18, 2012 10:57am
Unless you drone the drones they won't stop.
another indian Aug 18, 2012 10:21am
but wat abt the innocents killed ................................
Leftist Aug 18, 2012 07:47am
thats Eid greeting from the Americans !!!
True Indian Aug 18, 2012 08:22am
Drones are the weapon of the century...convinient, safe and accurate...Why are the Pakis opposing it...They must thank US that it is doing this job on behalf of Pak...
Cyrus Howell Aug 18, 2012 08:51am
"The attack came as people in the deeply religious region celebrated the festival of Eidul Fitr". Sorry. The US Department of State is not smart. They have been making very bad decisions since Geneva, 1956. Nonetheless, Pakistan can be America's ally or it's enemy. It really doesn't matter. Pakistan is a light weight. The US has no strategic partnership with Pakistan or you would see no drone attacks. Zardari and Obama have no personal relationship either. In fact, they don't like each other. It is all diplomatic schmoozing.
moeenuddin mohmand Aug 18, 2012 08:55am
how come there is eid a different type out of my understanding it not eid in saudia how come they have it in waziristan.....may allah help us and our religon....
hakeem Aug 19, 2012 02:45am
Thank you America for killing these murderes, just make sure women and children are not killed